Episodes

  • Trust is the foundation of leadership. If people don’t trust their leader, they won’t follow their leader. That’s because trust is the ground upon which relationships are built. This week on The John Maxwell Leadership Podcast, John discusses five trust buster and five trust builders that every leader should know in order to ensure they are building a culture of trust in their organization, family, and relationships.

    During the application portion of this episode, Mark Cole and Chris Goede dive deep into John’s lesson and discuss the importance of trust within their own work relationship and with the people they both lead. They also discuss whether trust is given or if it is earned and how the leader should set the stage for trust for the people they lead.

    Our BONUS resource for this episode is the Trust Buster and Trust Builders Worksheet, which includes fill-in-the-blank notes from John’s teaching. You can download the worksheet by visiting MaxwellPodcast.com/BuildTrust and clicking “Download the Bonus Resource.”

    References:

    Earning Trust Series – The John Maxwell Leadership Podcast

    The Self-Aware Leader by John C. Maxwell

    Leadershift by John C. Maxwell

    Developing the Leader Within You 2.0 by John C. Maxwell

    Everyone Communicates, Few Connect by John C. Maxwell

    Change Your World by John C. Maxwell

    The John Maxwell Executive Leadership Podcast

    ChangeYourWorld.com

    The John Maxwell Online Store

  • If you’re a leader, or… honestly… just a living, breathing human being, you make important decisions every day. And with every decision you make comes the pressure to make the right choice. That can seem daunting––even overwhelming at times. That’s why, this week, John Maxwell is going to teach four important components of great decision-making. This really is a practical lesson that you won’t want to miss!

    For the application portion of the episode, Mark Cole and Chris Goede discuss a specific important decision they have recently wrestled through and how John’s principles rang true through the decision-making process. They also discuss the importance of vision casting and why leaders need to create environments where it is safe for the people to fail.

    Our BONUS resource for this episode is the “DNA of Great Decision-Making Worksheet,” which includes fill-in-the-blank notes from John’s teaching. You can download the worksheet by visiting MaxwellPodcast.com/Decision and clicking “Download the Bonus Resource.”

    References:

    How Successful People Think by John C. Maxwell

    Thinking for a Change by John C. Maxwell

    The John Maxwell Executive Leadership Podcast

    Better Decisions, Fewer Regrets by Andy Stanley

    ChangeYourWorld.com

    The John Maxwell Online Store

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  • Last week John taught what your attitude cannot do for you. This week you’re going to learn how your attitude, perspective, and posture as a leader can greatly improve your leadership, relationships, and help you overcome challenges in business and in life.

    For the application portion of the episode, Mark Cole is joined again by Traci Morrow to remind us that we may not always be able to control what happens to us, but we can control what happens in us. You’ll also hear relevant ways that they are applying this lesson in attitude to their own lives and businesses.

    Our BONUS resource for this series is the “What Your Attitude Can Do for You Worksheet,” which includes fill-in-the-blank notes from John’s teaching. You can download the worksheet by visiting MaxwellPodcast.com/MyAttitude and clicking “Download the Bonus Resource.”

    References:

    Live2Lead Tickets

    The Difference Maker by John C. Maxwell

    Developing the Leader Within You 2.0 by John C. Maxwell

    Change Your World by John C. Maxwell

    ChangeYourWorld.com

    The John Maxwell Online Store

  • This week we’re beginning a new series called “What Your Attitude Can Do for You!” But, just to keep things interesting, in part one, we’ve decided to let John tell you what your attitude CANNOT do for you. You see, many leaders think that attitude can make up for necessary traits like competence, or experience, or even personal growth. But, as John says, “Attitude isn’t everything, but it is one thing that can make a big difference in your life.”

    So, John is going to help us navigate what attitude cannot do for us, then for the application portion of this episode, Mark Cole and Traci Morrow dive deeper into John’s lesson and share how they’re applying this teaching to their own lives and leadership. Next week we’ll be back to discuss what your attitude CAN do for you!

    Our BONUS resource for this series is the “What Your Attitude Can Do for You Worksheet,” which includes fill-in-the-blank notes from John’s teaching. You can download the worksheet by visiting MaxwellPodcast.com/MyAttitude and clicking “Download the Bonus Resource.”

    References:

    The Difference Maker by John C. Maxwell

    Developing the Leader Within You 2.0 by John C. Maxwell

    Change Your World by John C. Maxwell

    ChangeYourWorld.com

    The John Maxwell Online Store

    Live2Lead Tickets

  • Tough conversations are inevitable in leadership. We all know that. The best leaders lean into tough conversations even though they’re uncomfortable. That’s because great leaders understand that tough conversations usually spark an opportunity for growth and expansion. Whether you’re delivering bad news or correcting someone’s misstep, having the tough conversation with someone honors their potential.

    This week, John Maxwell teaches how to lean into the conflict and make our people, our organizations, and ourselves better. For the application portion of this episode, Mark Cole and Jason Brooks discuss where leaders often get it wrong when it comes to conflict and how people who tend to avoid necessary conflict can confidently lean in.

    Our BONUS resource for this episode is the “How to Have Tough Conversations Worksheet,” which includes fill-in-the-blank notes from John’s teaching. You can download the worksheet by visiting MaxwellPodcast.com/Tough and clicking “Download the Bonus Resource.”

    References:

    Everyone Communicates, Few Connect by John C. Maxwell

    Change Your World by John C. Maxwell

    The 5 Levels of Leadership by John C. Maxwell

    Winning With People by John C. Maxwell

    ChangeYourWorld.com

    The John Maxwell Online Store

  • As we conclude our series on self-sabotage, John Maxwell teaches the final five most common self-sabotaging traits for leaders. You’ll learn what to do when you’re surrounded by negative people, how leaders should handle failure, and the importance of having a teachable attitude.

    For the application portion of this episodes, Mark Cole and Chris Goede share how they have seen some of these leadership barriers in their own lives and in the leaders around them, and how they use John’s remedies for self-sabotage to set themselves up for success as well as the people they lead.

    Our BONUS resource for this episode is the Self-Sabotage Worksheet, which includes fill-in-the-blank notes from John’s teaching. You can download the worksheet by visiting MaxwellPodcast.com/Sabotage and clicking “Download the Bonus Resource.”

    References:

    The 21 Irrefutable Laws of Leadership by John C. Maxwell

    Developing the Leader Within You 2.0 by John C. Maxwell

    Leadershift by John C. Maxwell

    Change Your World by John C. Maxwell

    ChangeYourWorld.com

    The John Maxwell Online Store

  • As John Maxwell says, “The hardest person to lead is myself.” We’re human, which means we are constantly getting in the way of our growth and progress. This week, we’re starting a new series that is all about how to recognize and fix the most common self-sabotaging habits in a leader’s life. For this series we’re diving deep into the John Maxwell vault––so deep in fact, you might notice John still has his Ohio accent! Here we will discover the remedies for getting out of our own way

    During the application portion of this episode, Mark Cole and Chris Goede dissect John’s lesson, share their takeaways, and encourage us to take the time to recognize the self-sabotaging traits in our own lives so that we can begin to get out of our own way.

    Our BONUS resource for this episode is the Self-Sabotage Worksheet, which includes fill-in-the-blank notes from John’s teaching. You can download the worksheet by visiting MaxwellPodcast.com/Sabotage and clicking “Download the Bonus Resource.”

    References:

    The 21 Irrefutable Laws of Leadership by John C. Maxwell

    Developing the Leader Within You 2.0 by John C. Maxwell

    Leadershift by John C. Maxwell

    Change Your World by John C. Maxwell

    ChangeYourWorld.com

    The John Maxwell Online Store

  • No one leaves a lasting legacy accidentally. Legacy is something that we must intentionally choose to achieve. It happens over time and throughout our lives, and it determines what we leave behind for generations to come.

    This week on the podcast, John Maxwell teaches the practices that leaders must embrace in order to achieve the legacies we choose to leave. For the application portion of the episode, Mark Cole and Traci Morrow discuss the legacies they want to leave and how they are practicing John’s principles to ensure they leave lasting legacies for their families and the people they impact through their leadership.

    Our BONUS resource for this episode is the fill-in-the-blank worksheet from John’s lesson. You can download the worksheet by visiting MaxwellPodcast.com/Legacy and clicking “Download the Bonus Resource.”

    References:

    Developing The Leader Within You 2.0 by John C. Maxwell

    Change Your World by John C. Maxwell

    ChangeYourWorld.com

    MaxwellPodcast.com/Melvin

    MaxwellPodcast.com/Identify

    The John Maxwell Online Store

  • Every great leader knows that there is no finish line––growth does not have a destination. The moment a leader believes they have “arrived” is the moment a leader stops growing. In this episode, John Maxwell talks about the importance of being a continual learner and shares ten components of a life-long learner.

    During the application portion of this episode, Mark Cole and Traci Morrow dive into how they apply these principles to their own lives. Mark teaches us that the greatest thing we can offer the world is a version of ourselves that is most fully alive.

    Our BONUS resource for this episode is the “How to Become a Life-Long Learner Worksheet,” which includes fill-in-the-blank notes from John’s teaching. You can download the worksheet by visiting MaxwellPodcast.com/Learner and clicking “Download the Bonus Resource.”

    References:

    JohnMaxwell.com/Growth

    The 21 Irrefutable Laws of Leadership by John C. Maxwell

    The 15 Invaluable Laws of Growth by John C. Maxwell

    Developing the Leader Within You 2.0 by John C. Maxwell

    Leadershift by John C. Maxwell

    Change Your World by John C. Maxwell

    ChangeYourWorld.com

    The John Maxwell Online Store

  • This week, we are bringing you another incredible speaker who will be a part of our line-up at Live2Lead this year. Tim Elmore is a long-time friend of John Maxwell’s, and, in fact, he’s one of the first people John mentored. Tim is the founder and president of Growing Leaders––an organization that is aimed at developing emerging leaders.

    Tim and John share some old stories of their time working together, and Tim talks about his latest book, The Eight Paradoxes of Great Leadership: Embracing the Conflicting Demands of Today’s Workplace. We’re excited for you to hear this conversation, and even more excited for you to hear Tim at Live2Lead 2021!

    Our BONUS resource for this episode is the “Eight Paradoxes of Great Leadership Worksheet,” which includes our favorite takeaways from John and Tim’s conversation. You can download the worksheet by visiting MaxwellPodcast.com/Paradox and clicking “Download the Bonus Resource.”

    References:

    The Eight Paradoxes of Great Leadership by Tim Elmore

    Live2Lead 2021 Tickets

    Everyone Communicates, Few Connect by John C. Maxwell

    ChangeYourWorld.com

    The John Maxwell Online Store

  • Sometimes, we as leaders don’t see all of the bottom line. Despite what many corporate cultures teach, there’s more to the bottom line than just the financials; there’s also the often-neglected people side of business, and that neglect shows. That neglect is also what veteran CEO Joel Manby discovered when he first stepped into leadership as a young man.

    So what did Joel learn about changing cultures, and how can you and I benefit from his journey as a leader?

    That’s the focus of today’s podcast—not only are we excited to share with you Joel’s philsosphy, which he made the basis of his best-selling book, Love Works: Seven Timeless Principles for Effective Leaders, we’re excited to introduce you to Joel through the eyes of John Maxwell and Mark Cole.

    Three incredible leaders on one insightful—and essential—podcast!

    Our BONUS resource for this episode is a worksheet for taking notes so you can capture your thoughts while you listen. You can download the worksheet by visiting MaxwellPodcast.com/Manby and clicking “Download the Bonus Resource.”

    References:

    Love Works by Joel Manby

    Get Your Tickets to Live2Lead 2021!

    Everyone Communicates, Few Connect by John C. Maxwell

    ChangeYourWorld.com

    The John Maxwell Online Store

  • This week on the podcast we have three of the best leaders in market today joining us to discuss how leadership in the current culture has changed and how leaders can turn the tide for the better. Our conversation today is between John C. Maxwell, Mark Cole, and Jeff Henderson, author of the book, Know What You’re FOR: A Growth Strategy for Work, an Even Better Strategy for Life.

    As John says in the episode, there’s never been a time when division has been so prevalent amongst leaders and organizations. That’s why the message of FOR is so important right now. In this discussion, you’ll learn how your organization or business can serve people­­, and how leaders and teams can come together to make a true difference in the culture and the world.

    Our BONUS resource for this episode is the “Know What You’re FOR Worksheet,” which includes fill-in-the-blank notes from John’s teaching. You can download the worksheet by visiting MaxwellPodcast.com/Henderson and clicking “Download the Bonus Resource.”

    References:

    Know What You’re FOR by Jeff Henderson

    JeffHenderson.com

    Live2Lead.com

    Everyone Communicates, Few Connect by John C. Maxwell

    Change Your World by John C. Maxwell

    ChangeYourWorld.com

    The John Maxwell Online Store

  • In part two of this series on asking questions, John shares questions five through ten that he asks himself to ensure that he is continually growing and adding value to others. You will learn the importance of getting in and staying in your strength zone as well as taking time to think as a leader.

    For the application portion of the episode, Mark Cole and Traci Morrow discuss how these questions have helped shaped their own leadership and why getting in your strength zone is not something to wait for but to work towards.

    Our BONUS resource for this episode is the “Questions I Ask Myself as a Leader Worksheet,” which includes fill-in-the-blank notes from John’s teaching. You can download the worksheet by visiting MaxwellPodcast.com/Questions and clicking “Download the Bonus Resource.”

    References:

    Live2Lead 2021

    Good Leaders Ask Great Questions by John C. Maxwell

    Developing the Leader Within You 2.0 by John C. Maxwell

    Change Your World by John C. Maxwell

    ChangeYourWorld.com

    The John Maxwell Online Store

  • In this week’s episode, we begin a new series on “Questions I Ask Myself as a Leader.” In this two-part series, John Maxwell shares the questions he poses to himself to make sure he is continually growing and adding value to others. When we don’t ask ourselves good questions as leaders, we miss out on identifying potential blind spots in our leadership and opportunities to grow.

    For the application portion of this episode, Mark Cole and Traci Morrow talk about how John’s questions have made them better leaders. They will also challenge you to think about the last time you invested in yourself, and to examine the questions to ask yourself in order to keep growing.

    Our BONUS resource for this series is the “Questions I Ask Myself as a Leader Worksheet,” which includes fill-in-the-blank notes from John’s teaching. You can download the worksheet by visiting MaxwellPodcast.com/Questions and clicking “Download the Bonus Resource.”

    References:

    Live2Lead 2021

    Good Leaders Ask Great Questions by John C. Maxwell

    Developing the Leader Within You 2.0 by John C. Maxwell

    Change Your World by John C. Maxwell

    ChangeYourWorld.com

    The John Maxwell Online Store

  • In the final episode of John’s incredible series, “The Leader’s Greatest,” John wraps up this powerful teaching with the final five, raising some questions: What is the leader’s greatest joy? Their greatest mistake? Their greatest prayer? Their greatest return? And finally, what can a leader say is their greatest recognition?

    John will provide answers to all of those questions with practical and powerful teaching, and Mark Cole will be joined yet again by Jason Brooks to discuss the leader’s greatest recognition and their greatest wisdom in a way that drills down to the foundational elements of those two topics. As they discuss, Mark shares some incredible leadership insights that you will want to capture and put into practice immediately, regardless of where you are as a leader.

    Once again it will be highly beneficial for you to keep up with John’s teaching, as well as jot down Mark’s thoughts, which is why our BONUS resource for this series is the Leader’s Greatest Worksheet. It includes fill-in-the-blank notes from John’s teaching and provides ample room for additional notes. You can download the worksheet by visiting MaxwellPodcast.com/LeadersGreatest and clicking “Download the Bonus Resource.”

    This is the final episode in this series, so don’t miss out on the wisdom John and Mark have to share. It’s the perfect way for you to experience “The Leader’s Greatest” in your own life!

    References:

    Developing the Leader Within You 2.0 by John C. Maxwell

    Leadershift by John C. Maxwell

    Change Your World by John C. Maxwell

    ChangeYourWorld.com

    15 Invaluable Laws of Growth by John C. Maxwell

    5 Levels of Leadership by John C. Maxwell

    The John Maxwell Online Store

  • Last week on the podcast, John shared the first five of the greatest things that can happen to a leader, and Mark Cole sat down with Jason Brooks for a deep dive into two of John’s points. The conversation was not only robust, it was practical and insightful for anyone leading in this current culture.

    This week, John returns with his next five thoughts on the leader’s greatest, and they are can’t-miss wisdom that will accelerate your leadership. And once again, Mark Cole will be joined by Jason Brooks to break down one or two specific points as well as how and why they will impact your leadership today.

    As usual, you’ll definitely want to keep up with John’s teaching notes, which is why our BONUS resource for this series is the Leader’s Greatest Worksheet, which includes fill-in-the-blank notes from John’s teaching. You can download the worksheet by visiting MaxwellPodcast.com/LeadersGreatest and clicking “Download the Bonus Resource.” That’s LeadersGreatest—no apostrophe!

    So grab a pen, grab a seat, and get ready to spend the next half hour on the edge of it as John shares the next five observations from his talk on “The Leader’s Greatest.”

    References:

    Developing the Leader Within You 2.0 by John C. Maxwell

    Leadershift by John C. Maxwell

    Change Your World by John C. Maxwell

    ChangeYourWorld.com

    15 Invaluable Laws of Growth by John C. Maxwell

    5 Levels of Leadership by John C. Maxwell

    The John Maxwell Online Store

  • How would it help your leadership if someone were to share with you the greatest benefits and dangers a leader faces? If you’re thinking it would make a significant difference to you, then you’re in luck.

    This week on the podcast, John brings us the first five of the greatest things that can happen to a leader: the leader’s greatest victory, the leader’s greatest asset, the leader’s greatest weight, the leader’s greatest discipline, and the leader’s greatest handicap.

    After John’s teaching, Mark Cole and Jason Brooks spend time going deep on two of John’s points—it’s a session of application that’s unlike anything you’ve heard from them before.

    This episode is the first of three on this topic, so you’ll definitely want to keep track of what’s being taught. Fortunately, our BONUS resource for this series is the Leader’s Greatest Worksheet, which includes fill-in-the-blank notes from John’s teaching. You can download the worksheet by visiting MaxwellPodcast.com/LeadersGreatest and clicking “Download the Bonus Resource.”

    References:

    Developing the Leader Within You 2.0 by John C. Maxwell

    Leadershift by John C. Maxwell

    Change Your World by John C. Maxwell

    ChangeYourWorld.com

    15 Invaluable Laws of Growth by John C. Maxwell

    5 Levels of Leadership by John C. Maxwell

    The John Maxwell Online Store

  • This week, we’ve put together a very special episode for our podcast listeners! During most of our usual episodes, John teaches a lesson and Mark Cole and his co-host follow up with application meant to help you grow as a leader and multiply your influence.

    The goal is to make you better so you can change your world.

    That’s why, for this episode, we’ve pulled together five of John’s best teaching moments from our most popular podcast episodes. We are bringing you the VERY BEST of John Maxwell in this episode so you can absorb some of John’s greatest teaching points. This episode will help you, and you can multiply what you learn by downloading this episode’s Bonus Resource.

    The BONUS resource for this episode is the Best Of John Maxwell Worksheet, which includes fill-in-the-blank notes from John’s teaching. You can download the worksheet by visiting MaxwellPodcast.com/BestOf and clicking “Download the Bonus Resource.”

    References:

    MarcusBuckingham.com

    Developing the Leader Within You 2.0 by John C. Maxwell

    Leadershift by John C. Maxwell

    How Successful People Think by John C. Maxwell

    The Leader’s Greatest Return by John C. Maxwell

    ChangeYourWorld.com

    The John Maxwell Online Store

  • Failure is perhaps the biggest fear standing between most people and their dreams. The author Robert Schuller used to ask, “What would you attempt to do if you knew you wouldn’t fail?” In this episode, John Maxwell asks, “What have you learned from your failure?” If you want to achieve big things, failure is inevitable. But it’s what we learn (and whether we learn) from our failure that can determine our success.

    Today, you’ll hear John Maxwell summarize three major chapters from his book Sometimes You Win, Sometimes You Learn to help you gain a better perspective on failure and take your next step to success.

    Our BONUS resource for this episode is the Sometimes You Win, Sometimes You Learn Worksheet, which includes fill-in-the-blank notes from John’s teaching. You can download the worksheet by visiting MaxwellPodcast.com/Learn and clicking “Download the Bonus Resource.”

    References:

    Sometimes You Win, Sometimes You Learn by John C. Maxwell

    Sometimes You Win, Sometimes You Learn for Kids

    Sometimes You Win, Sometimes You Learn for Teens

    Change Your World by John C. Maxwell

    ChangeYourWorld.com

    The John Maxwell Online Store

  • In part two of “Encouragement Changes Everything,” John shares five key things that every person desires in their life, and how this can help us identify ways that we can encourage our people.

    During the application portion of the episode, Mark Cole and Jason Brooks discuss how encouragement can empower others to accomplish greater things they ever thought possible.

    Our BONUS resource for this series is the Encouragement Changes Everything Worksheet, which includes fill-in-the-blank notes from John’s teaching. You can download the worksheet by visiting MaxwellPodcast.com/Encourage and clicking “Download the Bonus Resource.”

    References:

    Change Your World by John C. Maxwell

    ChangeYourWorld.com

    Think on These Things by John C. Maxwell

    Developing the Leader Within You 2.0 by John C. Maxwell

    The 5 Levels of Leadership by John C. Maxwell

    The John Maxwell Online Store